University of Portsmouth students look to make affordable housing more energy efficient
STUDENTS from the University of Portsmouth are working with a housing association to make its homes more energy efficient.
Grayshott & District Housing Association has enlisted the help of students studying for a BSc Building Surveying degree to look at energy-saving measures for the charity’s property portfolio in the village of Grayshott on the Surrey and East Hampshire border.
The Association was established in 1935 to provide social housing for people on low incomes.
Chairman, Teresa Jamieson, said: ‘Our new development in Crossways Road will see 14 flats built to a high specification and will provide affordable homes for local people most in need.
‘We already manage 31 properties, but some are old and costly to maintain so several students have been helping us to look at effective ways to combat fuel poverty.
‘One student will be using the energy study as their final year project.’
The village, with a population of less than 2,500, is much sought-after and situated next to a conservation area and National Trust land.
The charity hope that by making properties more energy efficient they will be more affordable for prospective residents.
Mrs Jamieson added: ‘By offering housing at an affordable price, we are helping people who would otherwise be denied the chance to have a home in the village.’
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